put one's name in the hat

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To run in an election or to nominate oneself for consideration in some other selection process; to nominate someone other than oneself for such consideration.

Etymology:

  • From the informal practice of putting ballots into a hat, and then drawing a single ballot from the hat at random to decide the winner. When one put one's own name on a ballot in the hat, one would therefore be eligible to win.
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Submitted on July 07, 2010

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